Drink Coffee for Your Health
By Sara Butler
That daily cup of coffee you need to get going in the morning may be doing more for you than just perk you up. In fact, coffee lovers are in for a treat because research is constantly finding out more about the positive ways coffee impacts your health and wellness. Here are just a few of the ways that coffee may be healthier than you thought.
Coffee is full of Antioxidants
Antioxidants help your body to fight inflammation. Inflammation has been found to be an underlying cause of several different chronic health conditions such as cancer and arthritis. The antioxidants in coffee also help to neutralize free radicals, which damage healthy cells in your body and can contribute to the development of chronic disease in the process.
Coffee has more antioxidants than cocoa and green tea. Research has found that many types of coffee are a great source of dietary antioxidants.
Coffee Gives Your Brain a Boost
Caffeine impacts the part of the brain that is responsible for concentration and memory, which means that it helps to boost short-term memory. Your reaction time may also be increased with a little caffeine -- and coffee is an excellent source of caffeine.
Speaking of your brain, coffee may also help protect your brain from age-related cognitive decline. One theory is that it helps to prevent the buildup of plaque that can contribute to the onset and progression of diseases such as Alzheimer’s. So, drink your good brain health!
Coffee is Great for Your Heart
There is evidence that coffee can support heart health by helping to protect your cardiovascular system from inflammation. Moderate coffee drinkers who drink between two and four cups of coffee per day have been found to have a lower risk of heart disease compared with people who don’t drink coffee or drink too much. You definitely want to find the Goldilocks zone of coffee for heart health!
A Word of Caution
Just because coffee has been found to be beneficial to your health doesn’t mean that the sugar-laden calorie bomb you purchase from your local barista is good for you. Beware of how much sugar and fat you’re getting along with your coffee. If you can drink it, black coffee is always going to be best!
Now you have even more reasons to love your coffee in the morning. So, drink up for your health and wellness!
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